Lipitor Recall Stinks

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Lipitor recall from stinky bottles. (istockphoto)

(CBS) All it took was one customer and a stinky bottle to push Pfizer to voluntarily recall 19,000 bottles of Lipitor, its blockbuster cholesterol drug.

This is the fourth recall of the product this year because of  "uncharacteristic odors."

A company press release says they believe the smell comes from a wood preservative called tribromonophenol which is often applied to shipping pallets. Pfizer says they banned the practice and the recalled products were bottled by a third party company.

The company said  "a medical assessment found that the risk of health consequences to patients appears to be minimal" and it doesn't expect a shortage.

Full Press Release.